Posted on: February 8, 2010 10:51 am
Edited on: February 8, 2010 10:51 am
By Ken Berger, CBSSports.com : Don't bet on every member of the Big Three being around beyond the Feb. 18 trade deadline.
Though team president Danny Ainge has publicly ridiculed the (Ray) Allen trade reports, several NBA executives told CBSSports.com that the Celtics have been actively trying to parlay Allen's $19.7 million expiring contract into an asset that could keep them in the mix during the upcoming playoffs and also help them for the next several seasons. The most recent inquiry, sources say, involved Sacramento sharpshooter Kevin Martin, who'd be a good fit with Boston's remaining core. Kings officials might be talked out of their reluctance to deal Martin if they could pry a prolific big man out of a third team brought into the discussions or in a separate transaction before the deadline.
The bottom line is that Ainge, who saved his job by pulling off the perfect storm of trades that yielded Allen and (Kevin) Garnett three years ago, has made it clear in private conversations that he's "not going back to the abyss," according to one person familiar with the discussions.
Posted on: May 22, 2009 12:52 am
Edited on: May 22, 2009 12:52 am
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers spoke with the Boston Herald recently about the needs of the team, as it pertains to players who might be re-signed, and free agents who might be courted for a spot on the Celtics roster.
"We have to add someone this summer if we want to win it [again]," he said. "We have to add shooting, and Paul [Pierce] needs a solid backup, which would help Paul drastically.
"One thing we have to absolutely add is a veteran. One thing that happened [following Kevin Garnett's injury] was that we got young quickly. Bringing in another veteran, having him in the locker room, helps all the young guys."
Rivers said he also would not rule out bringing Stephon Marbury back for another season with Boston.
"He'd be much better" Rivers said. "A full training camp would make a big difference for him. First of all this year, Steph needed to play in the NBA again."